Carnival Cruise Line is launching four new ships in 2018: the family friendly Carnival Horizon, the sumptuous Holland America, the eco friendly AIDAnova and the luxuriously intimate Seabourn Ovation. You have probably heard of Carnival Cruise Line but you may not know that Carnival sails the sevens seas under several guises – an impressive stable of 10 brands in their porfolio – including Cunard, Costa and P&O.
This year four of the brands will be launching new ships: the family friendly Carnival Cruise Line fleet, the sumptuous Holland America, the eco friendly AIDAnova and the luxuriously intimate cruise line Seabourn.
Here’s what you can expect:
Carnival Cruise Line: Carnival Horizon – expected launch date in April 2018
As the 26th ship for Carnival Cruise Line, the largest cruise line in the world, Carnival Horizon will offer a number of unique innovations, including the first Dr. Seuss WaterWorks aqua park, the line’s first teppanyaki dining venue and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse | Brewhouse, a new restaurant that combines BBQ offerings created by Food Network star Guy Fieri along with four specifically designed craft beers brewed at an onboard brewery.
Carnival Horizon will also offer indoor and outdoor dining, bar, entertainment and activity options that debuted in 2016 on its sister-ship, Carnival Vista, such as the bike-ride-in-the-sky SkyRide attraction and an IMAX Theatre.
Accommodation includes spa cabins with exclusive privileges at the luxurious Cloud 9 Spa, extra-roomy staterooms in Family Harbor, and tropical-inspired Havana staterooms and suites with exclusive daytime access to a Cuban-themed bar and pool.
The 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon will debut with a 13-day Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona in April 2018 – the first of four round-trip departures from the port. Carnival Horizon will then reposition to the U.S. with a 14-day transatlantic crossing from Barcelona to New York May 9-23, 2018, positioning the vessel for a summer schedule of four-day Bermuda and eight-day Caribbean departures from the Big Apple. Carnival Horizon will shift to Miami to launch a year-round schedule of six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises beginning Sept. 22, 2018, and will also offer a special two-day cruise to Nassau from Miami Sept. 20-22, 2018.
Seabourn: Seabourn Ovation – expected launch date in May 2018
Following sister ship, Seabourn Encore, launched in early 2017, Seabourn Ovation is set to debut in May 2018. Designed by design icon Adam D. Tihany, the ship will feature contemporary interiors and innovations.
The fifth all-suite ship in Seabourn’s fleet, Seabourn Ovation will carry just 600 guests, based on double occupancy who will enjoy a private veranda in each suite. Cruisers will be treated to “An Evening with Tim Rice,” the acclaimed English musical theatre lyricist of Broadway, West End and film. The experience highlights some of Sir Tim Rice’s most loved work – from “Jesus Christ Superstar” to “Aladdin” and “The Lion King.”
Seabourn Ovation’s maiden voyage will be an 11-day inaugural voyage departing May 5, 2018, from Venice, Italy, to Barcelona. The ship will spend the majority of her maiden season cruising the waters of Northern Europe, offering a variety of Baltic and Scandinavian cruises, which will include the line’s signature three-day stay in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Seabourn Ovation will also sail on longer 14-day voyages, visiting the majestic Norwegian fjords and British Isles. Select sailings will also include the Ventures by Seabourn program, which are optional for-charge expedition-style excursions featuring a team of experts, Zodiacs and kayaks with a focus on allowing guests to experience nature up close.
Holland America Line: MS Nieuw Statendam – expected launch date in December 2018
Nieuw Statendam is the second Pinnacle Class ship for Holland America Line, joining MS Koningsdam, which launched in April 2016.
The 99,500-ton ship is the ultimate expression of the brand’s evolution, with grand light-filled spaces; visual drama; and sumptuous interiors inspired by the fluid curves of musical instruments. created by leading hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany and designer and architect Bjorn Storbraaten.
The ship will carry 2,666 guests and feature fine-dining options at alternative restaurants Sel de Mer, a French seafood brasserie, and Tamarind, an Asian fusion concept, in addition to the Grand Dutch Café with traditional Dutch treats and European beer.
Nieuw Statendam is scheduled to depart December, 2018, on its maiden voyage with guests – a 14-day transatlantic crossing to Fort Lauderdale. The ship will then spend the winter season cruising roundtrip from the South Florida port on seven-day Caribbean itineraries, with select three- four- and 10-day options.